Monthly Archives: July 2014

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

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The Tao Te Ching is a great treasure house of wisdom. Written by Lao Tzu as early as the sixth century B.C. and composed of only 5,000 characters, it has become one of the classic works of spiritual enlightenment. The Tao offers a much-needed alternative to our fragmented, modern ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving. To live life in accordance with “Tao” is to be in harmony with others, with the environment, and with oneself.

In this evocative and poetic new translation, Ralph Alan Dale has captured the beauty and essence of a unique masterpiece. He translates “Tao” as “the Great Integrity,” signifying the return to holism, creativity, and honesty. Following his translation of the complete text, Dale provides insightful commentary on each verse, reprinting the verse on the same page with the commentary. The book is also a magnificent work of art: the elegant Chinese calligraphy and stunning photographs, printed in black and silver, enhance the poetry and stimulate the reader’s imagination.

It has been 2,500 years since the Tao Te Ching was written. Yet living generations and those soon to come may be particularly attuned to Lao Tzu’s words and their message. In Dale’s translation, the Tao Te Ching resonates to our twenty-first century hopes, dreams, and challenges-as though Lao Tzu had written this remarkable book just for us.

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Confucianism by Chu Chai

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Here is a readable, non-technical introduction to the philosophy/religion which has so shaped China. The development of Confucianism is analyzed and its significance is discussed. A basic descriptive understanding.

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Bhagavad Gita

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This famous and marvellous Sanskrit poem occurs as an episode of the Mahabharata, in the sixth-or “Bhishma”-Parva of the great Hindu epic. It enjoys immense popularity and authority in India, where it is reckoned as one of the “Five Jewels,” -pancharatnani- of Devanagiri literature. In plain but noble language it unfolds a philosophical system which remains to this day the prevailing Brahmanic belief, blending as it does the doctrines of Kapila, Patanjali, and the Vedas.

My personal belief is that you can learn more about others by understanding what they believe. You can then carry on a much greater conversation with them based upon the texts they hold dear.

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Fire from Within by Carlos Castaneda

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Fire from Within by Carlos Castaneda

Each of Carlos Castaneda’s books is a brilliant and tantalizing burst of illumination into the depths of our deepest mysteries, like a sudden flash of light, like a burst of lightning over the desert at night, which shows us a world that is both alien and totally familiar — the landscape of our dreams.
Fire from Within is the author’s most brilliant thought-provoking and unusual book, one in which Castaneda, under the tutelage of don Juan and his “disciples,” at last constructs, from the teachings of don Juan and his own experiences, a stunning portrait of the “sorcerer’s world” that is crystal-clear and dizzying in its implications.

In a most thought-provoking and unusual work, Carlos Castaneda continues his tuteluge under don Juan, the Yaqui Indian sorcerer–constructing a stunning portrait of the “sorcerer’s world” that is crystal clear and dizzying in its implications.

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Happy 4th of July!

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July 4, 2014 · 4:26 am